He mentioned the particular obligation on Germany and France to agree, given their “70 years of deadly confrontations that nearly demolished the entire European continent and the world”. “We have more responsibilities than the others,” he added, before explaining: “Without agreement between France and Germany, agreement as 27 would be impossible”.
It's a strange form of penance in which extra responsibility translates into the right to dictate terms to everyone else. But it also strikes me as bizarre that Sarkozy feels comfortable characterizing WWI and WWII as, in effect, wars between France and Germany. Weren't some of the other countries at the current summit involved too? If the non-collaborating portion of France was put under occupation in 1940, weren't there occupations still more brutal in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, and several more besides? Does Sarkozy really think the French role in that conflict more significant than that of the British - or even of the Finns? (I believe the Americans, Japanese, Russians, etc, may also have been involved.)
It's a curious form of delusion. But no one shouted him down.